Joint Research Groups in the UK and Online Lecture Series - Scheme 3

Joint Research Groups in the UK

Objectives: To provide support to research groups of mathematicians to enable them to engage in collaborative activities through holding regular meetings. Groups should be made up of mathematicians who are working in at least three different locations and who have a common research interest.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants can be any mathematician based in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
  • Please note that PhD students are not eligible to apply for a Joint Research Groups grant but can apply to the Postgraduate Conference Grant Scheme to support conferences organised by PhD students for PhD students.
  • Applications should be made by a nominated “grant-holder”, who will be responsible for the use of the grant.
  • Applications must have the support of collaborators from at least two further institutions.
  • Non LMS members will need to ask an LMS member to support the application. 

Criteria:

  • At least two of the three (or more) institutions making up the group must be in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. Applicants might wish to include Ukraine institutions as virtual nodes within the application.
  • There should be genuine involvement from all three (or more) institutions in the group, and the Society normally would expect meetings to be held at each of the institutions in rotation.
  • It is expected that the meetings will be open to all.
  • It is expected that meetings will be advertised to research students and young postdoctoral mathematicians, and that every effort will be made to encourage participation by them.
  • The Committee may ask for exceptionally strong cases to be made where there is geographical and subject overlap between different Scheme 3 applications, or between the Scheme 3 application and an existing research network.

Value of award:

  • The maximum award is £1,500 to cover meetings over one year. The meetings must take place within the same financial year that the grant is awarded.
  • Grant applicants can apply for funds to host at least two meetings (or an equivalent level of activity) in a financial year. The Research Grants Committee will no longer require grant holders to hold four meetings per year (though they are still permitted to do so).
  • A grant may be used to support the activities of the group, and normally would be used to cover the expenses of speakers and or participants (eg travel, accommodation, subsistence, caring, online support (e.g. software licences and subscriptions, tech support hardware (where necessary)). NB the grant to support Joint Research Group activities may not be used to pay speakers' honoraria.
  • Hybrid meetings - the grant can be used to contribute towards the costs of running meetings, including contributing towards caring costs for those attending remotely. Further guidance about running hybrid events and how these can be supported by an LMS grant is available here.

Reports

Please note that a condition of these grants is that reports are submitted.

All reports are due by 30 September each year.

Deadlines and decision timetable:

Applications should be submitted well in advance of the date of the first meeting.

Application Deadline

Decision Date

30 September

October

Queries regarding applications can be addressed to the Grants Administrator or the Chair of the Research Grants Committee, who will be pleased to discuss proposals informally with potential applicants and give advice on the submission of an application. 

Grants Administrator:  Lucy Covington Email: grants@lms.ac.uk   

Chair of the Research Grants CommitteeProfessor Andrew S. Dancer 

Application Form:

To submit an application, you must be logged into your user account or registered as a user.

Other Sources of Funding. Applicants to the LMS Joint Research Group (Scheme 3) Grant Scheme may also wish to note that, in addition to applying to the LMS for funds, the Isaac Newton Institute also supports networks of mathematical researchers throughout the UK through its new funding stream "INI Network Support for the Mathematical Sciences". INI awards range from £5,000 - £25,000 and applications are open to all with three deadlines in 2022-23 (30 September 2022, 30 November 2022 and 31 January 2023). More information is available here.

List of Joint Research Groups currently supported by LMS Grants:

Current Joint Research Groups supported by LMS Grants in 2022/23


Online Lecture Series

Objectives: To provide support to mathematicians, or groups of mathematicians, delivering online lecture series in mathematics.

The introduction of the online lecture series element to the Joint Research Groups follows the successful Online Lecturer Series grant scheme, which was run in 2020 in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mathematical community, However, applications for this element of the Scheme 3 grants is open both to Joint Research Groups (new and current) and to mathematicians who are not part of a Joint Research Group.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants can be any mathematician based in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
  • Please note that PhD students are not eligible to apply for a Joint Research Groups grant but can apply to the Postgraduate Conference Grant Scheme to support conferences organised by PhD students for PhD students.
  • Applications should be made by the lecturer or one of the lecturers, who will be responsible for the use of the grant.
  • Non LMS members will need to ask an LMS member to support the application. 

Criteria:

  • The scheme funds a lecture series over a period of an academic year of between 4- and 30-hours’ worth of online lectures in mathematics pitched at a postgraduate level. These lectures can be of introductory nature or they can be advanced (where the intended audience are experts in the subject) or anything in between.
  • The applicant (and any collaborating lecturers) is responsible for designing the lecture course, delivering lectures online and making lecture notes publicly available, free of charge.
  • Participation in the course should be freely available to anyone in the world with an internet connection. Prior registration may be required as a means of avoiding unwanted disruptions and spam.
  • It is expected that the online lecture series will be open to all.
  • It is expected that online lecture series will be advertised to research students and early career postdoctoral mathematicians, and that every effort will be made to encourage participation by them.
  • The Committee may ask for exceptionally strong cases to be made where there is geographical and subject overlap between different Scheme 3 applications, for example  between the proposed online lecture series and a previously LMS-funded online lecture series.

Value of award:

  • The maximum award to support online lecture series is £1,000 per year.
  • The grant may be used to cover the expenses of the online lecture series (e.g. purchase relevant hardware and/or software licences, including subscriptions for videoconferencing).
  • The grant may be used to provide honoraria for the Online Series Lecturer(s) up to a maximum of £700; where there are two of more Online Series Lecturers, the honoraria value up to this maximum amount should be shared between the Lecturers.

Deadlines and decision timetable:

Applications should be submitted well in advance of the date of the first lecture. 

Application Deadline Decision Date
30 September October
22 January February/March
15 May June

Grants Administrator: Lucy Covington: grants@lms.ac.uk

Chair of the Research Grants Committee: Professor Andrew S. Dancer

Application Form:

Reports

Please note that a condition of these grants is that reports are submitted.

For grants to support the online lecture series, a report will be required at the end of the grant year and recordings of the online lecture series should be submitted for publication on the Society’s YouTube Channel, where the recordings of the lectures will then be visible for the future.

Online Lecture Series Report form (due after one year of activity):

All reports are due by 30 September each year.

List of Online Lecture Series supported by LMS Grants

Previous online lecture series supported by LMS Grants

 


Other sources of funding:

Information about other funding offered by other organisations can be found here.

LMS Caring Costs Policy 

The LMS wishes to enable carers and parents to take part in the activities that it supports. Applicants for grants across Schemes 1-9, for Early Career Research activities or who will run Society Meetings can request funding to help mathematicians with caring or parenting responsibilities to participate in their activities. In addition, individuals requiring support for caring to attend conferences, workshops, research schools and meetings or to make research visits - not necessarily organised by LMS - can apply for a Caring Supplementary Grant to contribute to such costs.   

The Policy is available here